Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Orioles Don't Complete Sweep Against White Sox; Guthrie, Vlad & Lee

The Orioles could not complete the series sweep against the White Sox as they lost 5-2.

After three games of completely battering the White Sox, especially with the so-called ‘big inning’, the offense was ineffective on the night.

Despite getting eleven hits, they only scored twice – courtesy of a Derrek Lee two-run homer – and left 12 men on base. They had opportunities throughout the game to get on the scoreboard, but for one reason or another – strikeouts with men on base, or incredible plays by the White Sox defensively – no one crossed home plate for eight innings.

Veteran pitcher Mark Buehrle got the victory, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing eight hits.

Meanwhile, for the Orioles, Jeremy Guthrie was solid on the mound -- again, but gave up four runs in seven innings. His record is now 1-4 on the year, despite a 3.00 ERA.

Somehow, someway, the Orioles need to desperately score runs for him. It’s been an ongoing story on that front for years.

I do appreciate someone like Guthrie on the squad. He’s obviously well spoken, thoughtful and sometimes acts as a de-facto spokesperson for the team. Plus, he can pitch.

From what I can recall, Guthrie started off in the bullpen for Baltimore after being dumped by Cleveland, had some ups and downs as a starter for a bit before hitting his stride with the Orioles.

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